Saturday League: Whitby derby ends all square

Sleights striker Ben Watson shoots at goal during his side's victory over Westover. Pictures: Brian Murfield
Sleights striker Ben Watson shoots at goal during his side's victory over Westover. Pictures: Brian Murfield

Whitby Fishermen and Whitby RUFC shared the spoils from their derby clash in Division One.

Steve Mothersdale’s RUFC side led 1-0 after Chris Charlsworth latched onto a Lewis Peel flick-on and drilled in.

Action from Sleights ' Division One win over Westover

Action from Sleights ' Division One win over Westover

It was 1-1 heading into the interval though, Mark Swales’s free-kick finding the top corner to hand the Fishermen parity.

Both sides spurned chances to win it after the break and had to settle for a point apiece.

Mothersdale said: “We had eight men missing and a patched up side so I am happy with a point from the game.

“We played well and both sides had chances to win the game, it feels more like a win than a draw to be honest.”

A Sleights man beats a Westover opponent to a header

A Sleights man beats a Westover opponent to a header

Jordan Purvis stood out for Fishermen’s, while Mothersdale was quick to sing the praises of his entire side.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Sleights battled back and picked up three points as they beat Westover Wasps 4-2.

Kyle O’Toole’s deft lob over the Sleights keeper handed the visitors the lead, but James Fawcett hit back to ensure the scores were level at the break.

Ben Cairns then netted for the home side to move them in front, before Ben Watson smashed in as Sleights control of proceedings.

Jack McFarlane’s header from a corner made it 3-2 and gave the Wasps hope of applying a sting in the tale, but the home side weren’t to be denied and netted again through Jack Idle.

In Division Three, Sleights Reserves suffered a 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Sherburn.

Man of the match Liam Scott hammered in a clinical hat-trick, while striker Paul Mills grabbed a brace, one from the spot, as the away side cruised to the win.

Rich Davies’ penalty was all the hosts had to show for a disappointing afternoon’s work.

Fishburn Park Reserves also tasted defeat, losing out 1-0 to Filey Town Thirds.